Coal seam gas (CSG) is an important resource in Queensland with over 90 per cent of Australia’s CSG reserves in the Bowen and Surat basins. In Queensland, $63 billion has been invested to produce liquefied natural gas. Other jurisdictions are reliant on Queensland’s CSG to satisfy their energy demands.

CSG activities are subject to approval processes and regulations to minimise their environmental impact and ensure the safety of their activities. The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and the Department of Environment and Science are responsible for administering and enforcing CSG sites in Queensland.

There were 1 127 CSG wells operating in Queensland at June 2012, which grew to 5 324 by June 2017. Proactive risk management is required to:

  • protect local water supplies and farming land
  • manage the impact of CSG activities on areas of regional interest
  • provide fair conditions for landholders
  • ensure the health and safety for all personnel.
Audit Objective

This audit will assess how well entities regulate and manage Queensland's coal seam gas activities and environmental obligations, to ensure a safe, efficient and viable industry.

Who we might audit
  • Department of Environment and Science
  • Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
  • Gasfields Commission Queensland.
Parliamentary Committee
State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industry Development Committee
Audit status
18 February 2020